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Spatial Planning and Urban Development in the New EU Member States From Adjustment to Reinvention by Uwe Altrock, Simon Guntner

Spatial Planning and Urban Development in the New EU Member States From Adjustment to Reinvention


Part of the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Series Series


Spatial Planning and Urban Development in the New EU Member States From Adjustment to Reinvention by Uwe Altrock, Simon Guntner

Accession to the EU in May 2004 was a historic milestone for the spatial and urban development of the new member states. Meanwhile, the social and economic transition during the pre-accession phase already brought about radical changes in national urban systems and new challenges for regional development. In this edited volume, a carefully selected and specially commissioned set of articles, written by experts from both the new and the old EU member states, presents a comprehensive assessment of emerging political and planning solutions at local, regional, national and EU levels. Topics include brownfield redevelopment in the Czech Republic, urban sprawl in Hungary, the upgrading and integration of marginalized Roma settlements in Eastern Slovakia and sustainable coastal management in Cyprus.


'...a timely and useful contribution to planning literature. Well structured and clearly written...focusing on the most significant planning issues facing each country in turn, this book provides a succinct analysis that will inform scholars and practitioners alike.'
Chris Couch, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

'...the book's main strength is its multiple focus on different topics, geographical realities and territorial scales...[it] succeeds in its attempt to read divergent experiences through the same lens...'
Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

'The book will be very useful for all those who are interested in changes in NMSs. It not only presents these countries'
problems of spatial planning in changing political and economical situations, but also presents these in a wider context

- both spatially at EU and national scales and historically with the changing vision of cities and their role across Europe.
Urban Studies

'...the book succeeds in its attempt to read divergent experiences through the same lens: the challenges that the new Member States are currently facing in the field of spatial development and spatial policies. This book is one of the first to contextualize those changes in the broader framework of European spatial planning and policy.'
Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

About the Author

Uwe Altrock is Junior Professor in 'Urban Structures: Assessment and Conservation Policies' at Brandenburg Technical University, Germany. Simon GA ntner studied social sciences and urban planning in Duisburg and Cardiff. He was a Research Fellow and Lecturer in urban sociology at the Technical University Berlin and is currently Coordinator of a Working Group on the Role of Inhabitants in Urban Management for the EU-funded programme URBACT. Sandra Huning is an Urban Planner and currently working as an Urban Researcher in Berlin, Germany. Deike Peters is currently a DFG (German Research Society) Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Transatlantic Research Program at the Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University Berlin, Germany.

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Publication date

28th April 2006


Uwe Altrock, Simon Guntner

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Ashgate Publishing Limited an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


312 pages


Urban & municipal planning



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